Faith see’s the light!

Faith can see beyond the natural worldly limitations when I allow it!

I am so beyond greatful to have my Pastor Juanita Gibbs in my life. Her relentless love to help me become what I need to be is a first and honestly it was needed to help heal areas in my soul.

I have been delving into faith for a while now to aide in growing my measure. God has been so lovingly revealing himself to me through His word that I pray my measure of faith becomes more and more active daily in my journey.

With faith it requires trust!

Which is in part why I believe my friday blog he revealed to me that as long as I believe in Him, he will not disappoint me. It takes a steady faith to build trust. Just like with human yo human trust there must be a steady commitment to each other.

God has already revealed his level of commitment to me and the world by giving His son to die to for me to believe on Him and be saved and transformed into a new person. But the new person takes work to become and commitment to the process.

Pastor has taught me that I need to make the word of God a way of life! Make His word more supreme than what my soul may dish out that gets me away from faith. The more I make His word my life He reveals himself.

The truth that the word contains is the power that will set me free. There is nothing in this world but the word that can set me free in my inner most being. I have to allow that truth to pierce my soul of all the build up negativity that is against the word, and allow the light of truth to come in.

O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
Psalms 43:3‭-‬4 KJV

There is a worship song that I recall so vividly called “Open Up and Let thr Light In” by Stephanie Gretzinger and that is what I have to continue to do is open up my soul and let the light in.

With out the light my faith is like a closed rose awaiting to bloom into its fullness and thats how my faith has been for as long as i can recall. Pin holes that pricked the veil of darkness don’t allow enough light through to flourish and grow as needed in a life of faith.

Truth of the word which is a sword( Hebrews 4:12) has had to come to illuminate the darkness and begin to nourish those places that have been untouched for far too long. The more the light of the word and the light of the world in my savior keeps revealing himself and his love for me my faith and trust in Him will grow and root me by the stream of living water.

What a God I love and serve to send me what I needed contained in one vessel that being my Pastor of whom He has used in gracious ways for me. If he can do that for me there is nothing He cannot do as long as I believe!

~Cynthia 😍

Faith see’s love beyond one day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The world has set apart one day to express love.

But, why is love just for one day?

Thats because it isn’t just for one day!

Plus as I am learning through the fabulous teachings of Juanita Gibbs at Reformation Developmental Center that love as the world has promoted it to be isn’t exactly the same love that God says it should be.

Love should be unconditional!

But, in reality and even my own it has natural limits! To be unconditional is to press beyond my natural limit when it presents itself in my life.

To keep choosing to love someone like I want to to be loved as in loving my neighbor as myself as the scripture says.

To want to be forgiven and back in good graces with someone after an ought and go on like it didn’t happen, as in unbegrudging, unbitter, but knowing more and learning from the ought and what it brought out.

Granted I am not perfect in this and won’t be, but unconditional love also accepts imperfections and chooses to love on anyway.

The worlds kind of love sets us up seeking perfection when the reality is that isn’t available in mere humanity.

For me to keep looking for it is a setup for disaster and much expectations dashed!

For many a year this very day had greatly depressed me for many reasons. As I have never had a valentine of the worlds nature.

To hear songs on the radio that say “you ain’t somebody til you have somebody” to see a flood of pictures on social media of the love items people received and looking at myself buying my own valentine item to feel even a shred of that kind of worldly love.

When today I can say I know I am fully and completly loved by God and its beyond just one day! It has been all the days of my life. For that unconditional love I am greatful for!

No balloon, flower, box of candy can replace the love of God in my life. Its by His love I am still here. It is by His love I can do all things that He says I can do.

Its by His love that I have a Pastor helping me transform my life one day at a time. This has been a milestone for me to not be depressed on this day and I am thankful for the work God is doing in my life.

By faith my best is yet to come!

for we walk by faith, not by sight-
2 Corinthians 5:7 NASB

~Cynthia 😍

Faith Power

Hope in the Lord!

Where in lays my hope?

In Man?

In God?

I have been one to put full on trust in man over God ashamedly!

I had built a belief system that people could do more for me in my time than God could in His time.

My lack of patiencr says God your taking to long and I need to do this myself with the help of people.

What happened with that is short lived temporary gratification and eventual disaster with more pain on the other side of it. But why right?

Simple…

The Lord didnt build it. Those who build of their own labor in vain. My self works have not and will never be blessed by God.

Faith in God needs to be my firm anchor!

Faith in God needs to be my sight!

Faith in God needs to be my joy!

Faith in God needs to be my strength!

God is faithful I just have to restfully assure and be fully persuaded as Pastor Juanita Gibbs says that at Reformation Developmental Center. Then she goes on to tell us to wrestle to enter Gods rest.

The wrestle indicates the work I must do to maintain peace, joy, love, faith in God and the more of His power and soundness of mind to manifest His glory in time. But, it only comes by me being of faith.

Yesterday Pastor taught us that its is only by faith that promises will manifest. In doubt there is no fruit of good things that can come in life.

Pastor gave me a few scripture to meditate to and to help keep my mind renewed and fresh within God to grow my spirit to have faith over that doubt. I wake up and begin to speak them to myself to build up my most holy faith that certainly needs sturdier construction.

Thankfully blessed to be part of a body of believers that not only encourages growth and development but also encourages me to obtain all the goodness God has stored away for me that is awaiting my faith to activate to bring it to fruition.

Praise the Lord !

Praise the Lord , O my soul! I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish. How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the Lord his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever; Who executes justice for the oppressed; Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord raises up those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous; The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked. The Lord will reign forever, Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord !
Psalms 146:1‭-‬10 NASB

I have been robbed!!!

Yes!! Shocking to say I have been robbed!!

But what is it that I have been robbed of?

Well…

For starters I can say I have been robbed of many things like joy, peace, love, etc. The theif comes but to steal, kill and destroy!

When I have allowed things to be stolen from my life it opens the door within me to allow my life to be killed in areas and destroyed in areas.

This happened because of my lack of the truth hidden in my heart!

This has happened because of lack of word life.

This has happened because lack of training in how to properly study Gods word.

This has happened because I didnt get properly fitted for armor to be able to with stand battles and fight the good fight of faith.

So many want believers to wear the armor of others instead of allowing them to be fitted for their own garments.

I am blessed to say when God aligned me with Reformation Developmental Center Pastored by Juanita Gibbs that it has been a place of take off the armor that was put on me to wear of others and be able to stand before God and the people as myseld and be fitted for my own garments, my own armor to fight my battles and begin on a path of victory.

As the book my Pastor wrote is about that very thing about changing a mindset to be victorious. That book I return to over and over again. I have mentioned it in previous blogs and especially in the blog I decated to her as she so wonderfully inspired me to begin blogging.

She has helped me in so many ways that I am eternally greatful for she has been helping me now make stronger my garments and stronger my armor. By putting more of the word inside my heart by meditating and thinking on Gods truths when the robber comes to steal from me.

I can begin to fight back with “it is written” resisting the urge to give into the lies do he can flee and begin to deminish such a strong influence in my inner life. As this happens more and more victory is mine!

~Love Life~Live Life~ 😍

~Cynthia πŸ˜‰

Foundational Relationships

God given bonds of connection make the world of difference in a life!

All it takes is one God given person to change the entire outlook. All it takes is one to help heal wounds from broken relationships of the past. All it takes is one being used and filled with the Holy spirit that is able to walk unconditionally with you to encourage you on to the next phase.

Have I or am I that friend?

No not yet, but I am striving toward such as things become aware to me that need to grow or develop in.

Is it easy? It can be by not overthinking, stressing or getting all anxious which only causes paralyzation of oneself.

Depending on many factors its within us only that we make changes easy or hard. Pastor taught us sunday in a section of time about “be still” (Psalm 46:10). Beautifully ellaborated we are to be still in our inner processes of thinking. Not being still in the natural as in unmoving. No!

Her teaching and her leadership of me has been that one connection/relationship that I needed in my lofe to begin to turn my life around, grow out of things to begin to mature and able to handle better what life throws out at us and what we get from choices we make.

When someone takes set apart time to pour into you truth, wisdom and be loving and accepting of you then that is a treasured gift that only God could give.

Do you have someone like that in your life?

If not pray to God he send you someone. If you do thank God for what He gave you and ask Him like I am doing to help you to be a better friend in turn. Relationships/Friendships/Godly connectiond help us enjoy life.

~Love Life~Live Life~ 😍

~Cynthia πŸ˜‰

Now that I have asked, now prepare!

We are to prepare for what we pray for!

In my time as it has been if singlehood it has provided me time to pray and seek the Lord and its a great time to spend with my Savior. Developing that true and lasting relationship with communication and worshipping his majesty, thanking him for his goodness, grace and mercy in thanksgiving. To study and delve into his guide book for all things concerning life to navigate the path here on the earth.

In times past though I hated continuing to remain single. It was as if my mind decided to name it a plague or something. But when God got hold of me through my wonderful Pastor Juanita Gibbs to show me in reality it is a blessing and a prepatory time was revolutuonary for me. It held begin to reshape my thinking on the whole thing.

Later, as time has gone on she has helped me tackle some wring stronhild thinking that I have had about it and to begin to bring healing to places from damage in my soul from my past, how I have lived this life that seriously needed attention as I had tried for so long to put a man in those places and always ended up hurt and the more empty due to the contents of my soul.

Her book up above(which can be purchased on Amazon) has helped me have a paradigm shift to loose fear, doubt and worry and begin to have faith, hope and trust in God that in time He provides whats needed. Where I had thought it may just bot happen for me and that thought is not in line with the word of God. So it is to he captured when comes and cast down (2 Corin 10:4-5).

Freedom from old stuff is a process and it takes time. As to why the word of God is the best guide book to have in this life as it touches all subjects including relationships. Her book has helped me begin to shift my mind and see myself as a winner in the faith and trust in God and His timing.

These books below are others that I have read in time past before going to the church that has so wonderfully aided me in my life far more than theae books as my lraders know me and my battles and issues as they have taught the best knowledge is your own personal experiance and gaining wisdom from those who know you personally to help naviagte the journey.

In no particular order:

This book is great for understand yourself and how you commincate in showing/displaying love to those in your life.

This book mainly focuses on enjoying single life! I passed my copy on to encourage other single sisters, but God replaced the copy when He sent me a leader in my Pastor who tells me the same thing. Enjoy, live, focus on God, walk in my purpose and his will. She is my book of wisdom since the others fully cannot relate to me as she can relate me to my story and prepare me.

This book was pretty much a reinforcement to my Pastors councel to trust God. As this spoke about divine timing and God doing the work to bring about His will and plans for my life.

This book expounded on Ruths story. She focused on her purpose with Noami and Boaz found her. Our bishop has spoke on her story in times to wait to be found by him as we are about our Fathers business. To stop falling for the words of a Bozo (lol) but wait while God works. Wait patiently with good attitude.

This book also reinforced the concept of time and touched on boundaries and enlightened that if you have things going on in your life you may not need to be in a relationship where we need wait and get healing first just as my Pastor focuses on with us. Heal the inner and if its Gods will He will bring things to pass.

This one is a premartial counceling book. That focuses on reflecting marriage as marriage of christ and the church as to which that is what earthly union should reflect when 2 born again believers come together.

This book opened up more the concept from the prior book, but showed more the difficulty and challenges in union on one flesh. As my pastor has taught us that 2 becoming one is an undertaking of understanding, forgiveness, and unconditional love to not quit when things get hard, but to keep at it.

This one I have not read, but I have read the book Boundaries just not this targeted area. But my Pastor has been instilling in me boundaries are very important in all kinds of relationships.

I so love my church Reformation Developmental Center where they speak on practical wisdom tips as well as full depth of the word of God to bring us insight into all things in this life.

~Love Life~Live Life~😍

~Cynthia πŸ˜‰

Waiting Power

There is power found in waiting which brings about growth!

There is one things to say that when your single and you desire a relationship that God will test your heart and find out where He stand with you all the while still promising things unseen.

Well He has with me anyway. Just like the children of Isreal when he took them from bondage of slavery to the egyptians and into the wilderness. He said to them worship me the one true God who removed you from captivity and is taking you to a land flowing with milk and honey.

What happens next after they were saved by God and given the promise, the test. Where they will gonna worship God for all he had just done or worship the promise. He put them in the wilderness to find they worshipped the promise of land with milk and honey over him so they grumbled and complained. An eleven day journey took 40 years.

Its the same way today with some of us, but I will focus on myself mainly. I was saved by grace given new spiritual life, I was saved by mercy and given new life in the natural, he set me free and gave promise and now in the wilderness I have seen where I worshipped the promise over the God who saved me. He has(is) tested(ing) my heart.

I have added on time to my journey by not being patient and going by what the world says over allowing my process to happen. The wilderness reveals who we really are my Pastor just brought out to us not long ago.

And boy oh boy my wilderness has showed me that I have got perspective in error. My perspective was worship Gods hand and the promise.

I am after all a child of God right and He will come through for me! That statement is loaded with pride as if God owed me something when in reality I owe God my life and service.

The power in my waiting is allowing my process to happen, growing me in areas that need to be developed in before the promise. To cause my spiritual walk to be stronger, my soul to not rule my every move but be under subjection to the word of God. To understand God wants me to keep him first in my life and to love him with all of myself as he loves me so eternally and uncondtionally.

The power of my wait is not attaining the promise but to be the best woman of God for Him and His glory until such time He sends someone to walk the journey of faith with me. There is fullness and completeness in God that satisfies like nothing else so even if the promise doesn’t come I have a great and perfect love with God and Jesus and the Holy spirit.

~Love Life~Live Life~ 😍

~Cynthia πŸ˜‰

Single and Happy

There is a time and season for all things!

It is widely popular now that if your not with someone then there has to be something wrong with you.

Is there something wrong with me?

I am single and have been a very long time!

Does that make my humanity any less than someone involved with someone?

The world and times would say yes there is something wrong with me. In some cases yes the church world would also! Yes! I said it the church also!

Not to many in the area I reside have singles geared programs, teachings on how to be am effective single, being a single christian and devoting your time to God in that season.

It wasn’t until I started going to Reformation Developmental Center pastored by Juanita Gibbs where she began to open up my world to me that my time of singleness is a gift to be treasured.

I am free to serve the kingdom as much as I can without distractions. I dont have to subject my earnings to anyone else before I give to the kingdom. I don’t have to subject my body but to God in this time when I want to fast and such.

Yes, I admit being single and remaining as such has gotten me down in the past. I have allowed man made ideas, holidays and the like to tell me what I am suppose to be as a 30ish single.

But what does God say about it as His truth trumps the ideals of men. God says seek me with your whole heart. Seek me first, keep me first, surrender everything to me. That is Gods order and design.

As I mentioned in my last singles post by doing the seeking and work on my own that was my self will not Gods will. He killed every plan that was not of his plan and purposes. Thank God He did too.

My time of singleness is to work on my inner life to have my soul prosper. To correct the inner issues, to heal the inner wounds, to subject myself to the God who knows whats best for me. He proclaims His ways are higher, his thoughts are higher.

Man oh man are they ever. Had God not stepped in and stopped my plans how much heartache and pain in the long run has he saved me from and from inflicting on another.

My soul issues could and have done serious damage left unattended. I am learning slowly to love life as a single, give my all to God, serve him in my current purpose and seek him and keep him first.

God says keep humble and at the proper time exultation will come for them who remain humble. Humble left the building on me the other day and seeing it deeply grieves me. Pride genuinley comes before the fall.

When you fall, fall and look at why you fell then see why you fell and learn from it to keep from repeating it. Only the meek can inherit the earth as the earth is His and the fullness there of and having a level of pride negates the capacity of God to show himself as He knows he wont be glorified.

Humble will glorify God over self. These are just things that I am learning and discovering about myself in my time now without distractions as I am finding contentmemt and trust slowly as it comes to my relationship with God.

As I allow Him into my life he is filling me with himself and His truth to be free from old bondage, be healed from past woundings, and to live a life that glorfies him over any thing and everything I can or have done.

My Pastor who has helped me embrace my singleness and learn about myself in this time. She does also teach on the fundamentals of relationships and the dynamics of it all.

Please don’t misunderstand these posting either of a bitter or hatefilled singlehood. No this is just an enlightenment on my journey.

Every single persons journey is different. I am just expressing and showing that you can find happiness in the status that is so widely not popular to have.

~Love Life~ Live Life~ 😍

~Cynthia πŸ˜‰

Delight

Take delight and joy in the love of God in my season of singleness!

To be honest I conformed to the world and listen to what its message was in regards to singleness. That if your of a certain age and still single you better get out there and make some moves or you may remain single.

I chased men, asked them out, built friendships in motive of looking to fulfill my longings to remove the singleness status and conform to this world.

You know what happened with them all? They all ended in disaster and heartbreak on my part. The motives I had in it was all wrong.

When God intervened in a huge blessing type way to remove the last one it removed distraction and He could begin to work on me and why I kept conforming to the world.

He began to show me those issues I have blogged about already and the latest he has shown me was that I back burnered the Love of God for the Love of Men.

God is a jealous God!

He saw I put that man up as an idol and made him a God in my view. Cause as my Pastor told me if they were not made a God in my view then when they left I would not have felt empty and like I couldn’t go on with life.

He is showing me that I forsook my first love for another and that is in error on my part.

Repentance and genuine heartfelt broken repentance has come to say God I am so sorry I replaced you for another.

God knows that if this goes undealt with I will keep repeating the same pattern of putting another above Him. He proclaims over and over seek me first and don’t forsake your 1st love. This is Gods order of things.

Listening to the world I bypassed His instruction and listen to the wrong directions that lead to distruction. These cycles and issues require me to do some work within to keep from going down those same roads.

Taking my delight in His love for me. Thanking Him for the God given people he has given me. Praising him for the Godly leadership that is before me to help me to see my inner issues and begin to mature me in those areas as a believer and conforming to Gods way and shedding the worlds way.

God is my portion! He sent a man to die for me when I didn’t deserve it to forgive my sins. He unconditionally loves me even when I fail like a good father he helps me get up and try again.

Allowing that love to fill me up so I can show it to others is what He is about. Love is the greatest command. Love covers a multitude of sin. Love is Patient, kind, gentle, unboasting, and confident in the eternalness of His love when human love has its limits.

When God see’s I am firm in Him and his love and that he keeps proper place of first in time he will send a man after Gods heart. He will do it, not me! That was the missing component, I moved ahead of God.

So, for now yes my season of singleness has purpose and that is taking delight in whom God is and that is a loving Father and learning who I am deeply on the inside and loving me! Love is taken in with self first and filled up then overflow comes as love grows.

~Love Life~Live Life~ 😍

~Cynthia πŸ˜‰

Uncommon Love

Uncommon: Out of the ordinary or unusual.

What is such love that it is uncommon?

Well…..

For me that is being shown love in a way that I have not known.

To be told “I love you” to be told loving words of any kind for me is uncommon.

Why is it uncommon?

Well, in the home in which I grew up in and raised you were known you were loved by deeds. They would buy gifts to show love or sacrifice to show love. The love language was gifts and acts of service that was mainly expressed in my home. So those types of love expressions became what was common.

When the uncommon came in words of praise(affirmation), physical connection (hug), or quality time it was not only foreign, but I saw that my soul has longings for those types of love moreso than the other love that was commonly expressed to me.

What has begun to take place is that now I see what my soul has been devoid of from early years of growing.

Growing without proper nourishment in the inner life can bring on issues as we get older.

That has proven to be the case for me anyway. I also saw that I used outside things to fill the voids in my soul like food, books, men when they have come into my life.

This year my relationship to food has been shifting. My relationship to books has been also shifting, as well as, how I view men has been shifting. I used to be one of those women that if a man comes in my life he will help me, give me attention or make me complete in some way. Boy oh boy has that ever proven to be false.

The only man who can complete any woman or man with the same issue is Jesus. Only he can fill the deep voids within my soul.

My time with God to grow and develop a level of maturity, as well as, letting God be my portion until God see’s that I am healed and prepared for promotion to being in a Godly relationship that brings him Glory, hope will continue to anchors my soul that in time He will come through for me on things.

Until then my time is full of seeking him first, studying truth, worship him in spirit and in truth for just who he is and allowing His love to come and fill me up. God has sent people into my life that have been used of him to show me love in the uncommon forms to begin to take me through healing phases.

Its getting better in stages as I see I still have work to do on me and working on me to be the best version of me is the most important as when I am full of the God kind of love it can begin to spill out into my surroundings and walk more in this love than ever before.

~Love Life~ Live Life~ 😍

~Cynthia πŸ˜‰